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How to avoid editing your novel… with the help of a Velcro wall

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Here is some ridiculous video of me running into a wall, all in the spirit of avoiding my dreaded final edit. Okay, okay, and also enjoying my son’s birthday party.  Check me out sporting a hip Velcro suit.  All the cool kids are wearing one these days.

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Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

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I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced yearly thanking of my mom caused me stress from early on. Was my third-grade ribbon-covered, […]

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Blog named Top 10!

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The day I signed my book deal, I returned to my desk to find an email letting me know that my dating blog, 51 First Dates After Divorce, has been named one of the Top 10 Best Dating After Divorce blogs by DatingAdvice.com!  Woohoo!  When it rains it pours. Although that blog is now sorely […]

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And the title is…

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Oh, come on, you know I can’t just blurt it out. As you may know, the working title for my YA novel was Illegal.  It was its title before it was even a YA novel.  Then, when I got the notes from my editor, hidden inocuously among them was, “There is a YA novel which […]

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Book interview

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Answering reader questions.  

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Book interview outtake # 9

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“This is never going to work.”

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The shame of the Obama administration

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The first time I saw Barack Obama speak, in 2004, I knew one day he would be president.  He just had to be.  On a business trip to Chicago, I read Dreams From My Father and the feeling intensified.  Here was a man who was insightful and sensitive, his view of the world nuanced and […]

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Breaking up is hard to do

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A few years ago, I broke up with a woman I really loved and whom I’d hoped would be in my life forever. No, it wasn’t like THAT. (I only led you on to get your attention). But I did love her, and I did hope to make her a permanent part of my life. […]

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What information do we collect? We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey or fill out a form. When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name or e-mail address. You may, however, […]

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Life lessons from a 10-year-old goalie

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originally posted May 17, 2010. There she was, my baby, decked out in blue mesh vest over her soccer uniform, goalie gloves on, with a wide leg stance watching the other team’s limber little blonde drive the ball towards the goal without any challenge from our team. I saw my daughter’s concentration as the other […]

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